While the 3 main world championship contenders wouldn’t really call the 2022 Japanese GP as their best races, it was Jack Miller who excelled in the Land of Rising Sun and scored his first win of this MotoGP season. The last time he crossed the chequered flag in the first place was back in 2021 French GP.
Miller started on his Ducati from 7th on the grid. He didn’t take time to show his intentions of winning the 2022 Japanese GP. The Australian was in the podium places in the first lap itself. Once he took the lead of the race, there was no turning back. Miller crossed the finish line with a gap of 3.4 seconds from KTM’s Brad Binder who was followed by Jorge Martin on his Ducati.
The reigning world champion, Fabio Quartararo started off from the 9th place and finished 8th. The Frenchman was clearly having a hard time at the Japanese circuit and making his life on the track even more difficult was Bagnaia. Unfortunately, the Ducati rider crashed out of the race on the last lap, his 5th DNF of this season.
Aleix Espargaro experienced some mechanical/technical issue with his Aprilia during the warm up lap, hence, had to switch to his other bike and start from the pit lane behind the safety car. He finished 16th in the 2022 Japanese GP.
Marc Marquez, who was the polesitter, switched from a hard rear tyre to a soft one at the last moment. However, the Spaniard couldn’t really hold on to his top position and finished 4th.